November News from the Northwoods

November News from the Northwoods

How can it be that I just returned from the Northwoods and I'm already anxious to return only a week later?  I was so surprised to see so many of the leaves off the trees already, yet some still had the brilliant colors in an array of orange.  Fishing was good as the musky were biting.  I had a great time.

Sitting back and reading about what's going on this month up north has given me the itch to return.  I will.  Once ice comes on the lakes, which could be around Thanksgiving, it will be calling me louder with every passing day.  Yes, I will return for sure.  But for now, let's see what Mark has to say about the goings on in the Northwoods this month.

Forest Lake Country Store - November News from the Northwoods
Great food and a whole lot more,,,

November!  Everything changes in November.  The woods are nearly empty.  All but the hardiest oak leaves have fallen and cover the floor of the woods.  The ferns have lain down; surrendering their lush green summer color for the browns, russets and tans of fall.  A walk in the woods fills your nose with the earthy smells of autumn.  The leaves and ferns disappear, ultimately providing nourishment for the forest floor.

Cold mornings are making shell ice on the sheltered bays of the lakes.  The shell ice has not lasted thru the day, but lets us know that the hard-water days of winter are not too far away!

The cabins of most of the seasonal residents are also empty.  A parade of people has visited the store, saying good bye until spring.  Sad interludes as business slow to the idyllic pace of the shoulder seasons.  We appreciate the time spent with all of our customers.  A handshake, or a hug, is all we have left from the seasonal guests until the daffodils are poking thru the ground again.

If you want to enjoy the north woods in solitude, now is the time to be here.  Some hearty musky anglers are plying their craft on the lakes, and a few walleye or perch anglers are trying for a couple last fish fry’s.  Blaze orange is visible in car windows as bird hunter’s move from one piece of cover to another.  Archery hunters are hanging in the trees looking for a buck of their dreams to wander within bow range.  This is a very different atmosphere then the bustle of July or August!

New in the Store
Lots of new items in the beer cooler.  Look for Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter.  Aged on real vanilla, you can look for flavors of caramel, chocolate and coffee!  We have also added two beers from Worthingtons.  They have been brewing beer since 1745!  To stay in business that long, it must be great brew!  We have added the Red Shield light brown ale) and the White Shield (an India Pale Ale (IPA).  These are available in 500 ml bottles.  Look for these by the rest of our big bomber bottles!

Last we have added an abbey style beer from St Stefanus.  Like so many of the great Belgian beers, this abbey beer is bottle conditioned.  This is about 3 months of age in the bottle, and will be a light golden color.  You will have a good head with great lacing on the glass.  Look for aromas of caramel, grapefruit, green apples, cloves, cinnamon and banana.  Now, if you age this beer in the bottle an additional 3, 6, 9 or maybe 18 months the flavor will change.  At 18 months, the light gold color will be much deeper and the head will be more delicate.  The citrus notes will be replaced with aromas of apricot and mango.  The taste will evolve to include hints of vanilla, toffee and almond.  It is hard to hold on to this beer for 18 months, but it would be a great test of nerve and gastronomic delight to age some in your basement or other cool space!

Events in the Store

November 7th All Pinot Noir Tasting 5:30 PM
We will host a night of all Pinot Noir wines. We have 6 different Pinot Noirs from 3 continents. Of course we will have some cheese and fruit available to clear your palate between wines.  Pinot Noir may be the perfect companion to a turkey or ham dinner for Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday plans.  The lighter body of Pinot Noir will be enjoyed by groups with diverse wine tastes.  Seating is limited to 24 people.  Cost will be $10 per person; we will hold seats with paid reservations only. Stop at the store or call with your credit card number to hold your reservation.

November 15th A night of Sprecher Beers 5:30 PM
Krista Fornear, a regional Sprecher marketing specialist will be at the store to discuss all the new beers and offer tastes of many Sprecher products.  Timing should be good for a couple incredible opportunities.  Hopefully the Czar Brew and a fresh hop beer will be available.  Sprecher is making a production run fresh hop beer this year.  Hops are picked and the brewing process starts within 24 hours of harvest.  We tasted some, brewed in a test run last year.  The Czar brew is the Russian Imperial Stout that is stored in Bourbon kegs, imparting a very unique edge to the product.
These events sell out fast!  Seats are just 6 bucks per person and limited to 30 people.  Paid reservations are required to hold your seat.  Stop in or call with your credit card number to reserve your spot!

News from the Northwoods

From the Headwaters Food Pantry - One small town, one BIG heart!
The month of October made headlines at the food pantry.  The first week in October was our busiest distribution in our history.....  We served 80 families, which comprised 142 people and 19 children.
The Headwaters food pantry is solely supported by your contributions!  While we never refuse any donations, this month we have a special need.  We need laundry detergent!
Contributions can be dropped off at the Land O Lakes Chamber, Jensen Aikins Hardware in Conover, Forest Lake Country Store, Headwaters State Bank, The Village Market and the Library in Land O' Lakes. You can also stop in on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month during 8:30AM-11:30AM to drop off a donation.
Consider a cash contribution close to home. We are a 501(3)(c)

Headwaters Food Pantry
P.O. Box 561
Land O' Lakes, WI 54540

From the Frosty Snowmobile Club
There will be a snowmobile safety class on December 27th and 28th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  The fee for the course is $10 per person, and covers the cost of all required materials.  Space is limited and students must pre-register.  There is a minimum age of 12 years old and no maximum age.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to take the class with their kids.
Registration can be done with a call to Mike Keintz at 715 547 8307 or email at .  A parent or guardian must attend class registration, 8 AM – 9 AM on Thursday December 27th.
Students must obtain a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Customer ID number prior to taking the class.  Numbers can be received from the WI DNR via toll free telephone at 1 888 936 7453, from 7 AM – 10 PM.

Events in the North Woods

November 6th  12 - 4 PM Concealed Carry Class for Utah CCW
Why on God’s green earth would anyone want a concealed carry permit for Utah is probably what most of you are asking yourself?  If you currently have a WI CCW permit, you are good to go in Wisconsin and 22 other states with reciprocity agreements.  Currently MN does not accept the WI CCW credentials.  Having a Utah CCW permit gives you 31 reciprocal states total, with key coverage in Minnesota.  If you are driving your vehicle from WI to say, South Dakota for a bird hunt, business appointment or a family reunion, you can keep your CCW with you at all times.  No need to stop before entering MN, unload and follow other MN laws pertinent to non CCW handgun transport.
Dan Tomasoski is the instructor, giving the first Utah CCW class in Land O’ Lakes.  Class fee is $80 or just $60 if you are a graduate of Dan’s WI CCW classes.  You can sign up on line at or contact Dan via email at  We are not signing up participants or collecting money at the store.  Contact Dan to take this abbreviated course, required to apply for a Utah CCW permit.

November 3   8:30 AM – 5 PM  Land O’ Lakes Recreation Open House
Greetings from Land O' Lakes Recreation! We just wanted to let everyone know we're having a Ski-Doo open house event on Saturday, November 3rd! We'll have new 2013 machines on display and we're offering the best prices around. We're having a store-wide apparel sale, and we're including Klim this year! Most dealers put clothing on sale at the end of the season, but we want make sure you get ready the right way with all the latest gear. The Frosty Snowmobile Club will be there selling raffle tickets and their bringing their new groomer! Also, we're still offering service specials to get your sled ready for the season! Make sure to stop by at Highway 45 and County B, say "hi", and enjoy the free food and refreshments this Saturday from 8:30am until 5pm!
November 10th All Day  Boulder Junction  Shop till you Drop!
Gather your girlfriends and escape to Boulder Junction for a fun day of shopping at the Community Center and downtown establishments! On Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9am to 3pm, stop by the Community Center to meet representatives from Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Party Lite Candles, 2 Sisters Gourmet Foods, Tastefully Simple, Essential Bodywear, Mary Kay, "31".

Products will be available for purchase that day or can be direct mailed to you. Visit local shops, art galleries and have breakfast or lunch at one of our restaurants. Spend the day in Boulder Junction, pamper yourself and start your Christmas shopping.
For more information on the Great Shopping Escape and other Boulder Junction Chamber happenings, please call 715-385-2400 or visit

November 23 Santa comes to Land O’ Lakes 1 PM
A horse drawn wagon ride brings Santa and the children to the Town Tree for a lighting ceremony with singing of Christmas carols.  After the tree lighting ceremony and visiting with Santa, the children and adults will be treated to hot chocolate and cookies and wagon rides for the balance of the afternoon.

November 24th 8 – 11 AM Breakfast with Santa Claus at the Gateway Lodge Restaurant
Come for breakfast or just come and bring your camera to make sure you have that special picture of a memorable time in your child’s life.  Reservations recommended, but not required.  Call the Gateway Lodge with questions or for more details 715 547 3321.

November 24th Christmas Art and Craft Sale;  Land O’ Lakes Elementary 10 – 3
A great destination after the Breakfast with Santa at the Gateway Lodge.  For more information or to reserve a spot to sell your crafts call Sandy at 715 547 3432.

November 29th Ladies night out.  5:30 PM – 7:30ish Premier Designs Jewelry
Our household is qualified, with mother and five daughters, to pass judgment on jewelry.  There is a unanimous vote that the Premier Designs Jewelry is both gorgeous and a value to own.  There will be some soft drinks, wine and appetizers available at 5:30.  Jody Bishop is the host for the party and will have jewelry for all tastes and occasions.  Jody will give a presentation on the jewelry designs at 6:30 PM, and will stay on hand until 7:30 or 8 PM.  The jewelry will round out your needs or help with your Christmas shopping.  Spend an evening with your friends and family at the Country Store.  RSVP to Kris either at the store or send an email.

Land O’ Lakes Library News
Wednesday, October 31st , 4-7 p.m, Land O’ Lakes Library Boo Bash
The Land O' Lakes Library would like to invite everyone to our 6th annual BOO-BASH. Stop in at the Library anytime between 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31st to enjoy Games, snacks and an art project.  We will also have coffee and a place to relax for cold, tired parents! This program is sponsored by: The Friend of the Land O' Lakes Library, Land O' Lakes Park and Recreation and LOLA.

Friday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m.  Movie Day;  “The Magic of Belle Isle”
We will be showing “The Magic of Belle Isle” Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose passion for writing hits an impasse. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, befriending the family next door – an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters- who help him find inspiration again.
Movie, popcorn and coffee are free of charge.

We will be closed on November 22nd for Thanksgiving.

November 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Christmas program movie. “Arthur Christmas”
We will be showing “Arthur Christmas” Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?'  The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.
Popcorn and beverages will be provided. Pre-movie Cartoons will begin at 10:45 a.m. Fun and laughter for the whole family!

Land O’ Lakes Artisans /Artistree Events

This is an important notice from LOLA:

Hi Art Lovers!
Listed below is a link to a survey from Survey Monkey. This is a quick and easy survey. The information you share is vital to the continued success of this organization. We want to know directly from you, what classes you want and what programs you want to see. Please help us by sharing your thoughts in this survey.
Paula Hillman has been wonderful to help LOLA put this together. We can't thank her enough! We also thank you for your continued support. Create, Share and Repeat....that's the goal here at LOLA. We thank you for being part of that vision.
This survey will close on October 31, so please take a few minutes to fill it out for us now.  Once you are in, please continue cannot finish it later.
Here is a hot link to the survey:

November Classes below:
All Classes and events (unless otherwise noted) will be held at:

LOLA Center for the Arts
4262 County Road B in downtown Land O' Lakes

Call Wendy to register or for more information on all things 715-547-3950.

October 30th Ely Church  STOCKS, SAUCES & SOUPS!  Meet Chef Jimmy Dean of the Guides Inn Restaurant in Boulder Junction!

Learn the art of stocks, sauces and soups.....the very foundation of a kitchen!
Jimmy will share his favorite recipes; take the mystery out of stocks and sauces and with 35 years of experience, he will be able to answer your questions about all things "soup"!

LOLA is pleased to host such a talented Chef. Jimmy is a Certified Chef from the American Culinary Federation. He has been an instructor of Culinary Arts classes in Green Bay, Fox Valley Technical College and with Nicolet College in Rhinelander. He is Chef and owner of the Guides Inn of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin and also operates the Boulder Beer Bar.

The soups made during class will be served for a light lunch.  Warm up your winter with home-made soup!

NOTE FROM DON DZIEDZINA, ILLINOIS OUTDOORS TV:  Chef Jimmy Dean was a guest on the Illinois Outdoors TV show last month where he shows viewers how to make Stuffed Walleye (including the stuffing) and his restaurant's #1 dish, Pan Fried Walleye.  To see this show CLICK  HERE  or paste this link into your browser:   This TV show was taped in the kitched of Chef Jimmy Dean's restauant, The Guide's Inn in Boulder Junction on County Road M.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 11:00 - 12;30.  HELD @ ELY MEMORIAL CHURCH KITCHEN, Downtown Land O' Lakes.
$20.00 Class fee with soup for lunch!

Saturday, November 3 10:00 - 1:00 Watercolor Greeting Cards
Adults: $30 Kids 12+: $15 Register by October 27
Artist Sheila Swanlund from Three Lakes will lead this class. No experience necessary to make these cards. Your family and friends will enjoy opening the envelope and seeing your personalized art! Perfect for the Holiday Season. All materials will be provided and each student will receive a pack of 10 cards to paint.

Thursday, November 8 10:00 - 1:00 Pastel Class - Rendering your Home or Cabin in Pastel
Adults: $35 Register by November 1
Sheila Swanlund is back again, this time with pastels on her mind. Beginners and experienced artists will learn to create an arty rendition of your home or cabin. Using soft textured pastels on sanded paper you will learn pastel technique to create a colorful realistic or funky painting. Most materials provided, call for supply list.

The next two classes are being given by a dynamic duo! Saga Erickson and Dan Roesinger are fine artists, blacksmiths, rustic artists, historic interpreters and traditional skill demonstrators, who operate Stark Raven Studios just outside of Hurley, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, November 13 10:00 - 4:00  Scandinavian Spoon Carving
Adults: $40 Register by November 6
Blacksmith and rustic artist, Dan Roesinger from Stark Raven Studios will be your instructor for this class. Students will learn to work the simplest of carving tools, just a wood carver's knife and a gouge. Students will carve their own spoons that will have a balance of beauty and function, which is a distinctive trait of the traditional style and techniques used in Scandinavian wood carving. All tools and materials will be provided for this course. Bring a bag lunch.

Wednesday, November 14 10:00 - 1:00 Traditional Broom Tying
Adults: $40 Register by November 7
Multi-media artist, Saga Erickson will teach this traditional class. Students will tie a simple flat corn broom on a handle of their choice. Pretty enough to hang on the wall and admire, but tough enough for years of use. All tools and materials will be provided. Students may choose to bring their own handle. Those supplied will be simple, rustic, round wood, bark-on handles.

Thursday, November 15 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. LOLA hosts Eagle River Poet, Emily K. Bright for: "GIVING THANKS", an afternoon of original poetry and old favorites.
Bright's poetry has been published nationally and internationally in literary journals and anthologies. She has also published a poetry chapbook, Glances Back, (Pudding House Press 2007) and taught creative writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before moving to the north woods to focus on writing. She lives in Eagle River with her husband, Matthew Krusack, and their baby Abigail.
Meet Emily and join LOLA for this free event, as we usher in the season with poems that remind us about giving thanks. Light refreshments will be served.

Watercolor Wednesdays - Starting October 17
Every Wednesday....running all winter long. (except Wed, Nov 14...Broom Tying Class is being held.)  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free and no need to register.
The art room is yours for the day. Bring your works in progress, start something new or get help with something old. Meet other watercolor friends, share and create together. This is time for you to get inspired and get some work done. An artist will be on hand to facilitate and help with questions or sticky or tricky bits! This is a safe and encouraging environment to share your work and learn from each other. Come paint and create! Bring your own supplies. Watercolor paper will be made available for purchase.
Bring your bag lunch.......OR if we order by 10:00.........The Forest Lake Country Store will deliver lunch to us! How sweet is that! Menus are available.

People around Land O’ Lakes

November 1 is a shared birthday for Barb Trenary and Diana Melhop,
Nov 2 is Jim Hartmann’s celebrates his birthday
November 4 Peggy Saad, Scot Beattie and Tom Rapp celebrate shared birthdays
November 5th Rick Brown has his birthday
November 7th  Don Dziedzina and Tom Gage share their birthday
November 10 is Joe LoMastro’s Bday
November 11 is Heidi Reuter’s birthday
November 12th Laurayne Conway enjoys her Bday
November 13th is Jack Koller’s birthday
November 16th Carol McCauley celebrates her birthday
November 17th is a shared birthday for Evelyn Gall and Wayne Schemmer
November 25th Nancy Zorn Micke’s celebrates her birthday
November 30th Sam Otterpohl and John Ivan share their birthda

We look forward to our closure and some quality time spent with family.  We look forward to visits from our own girls and their significant others.  Visits from grandchildren to share the Christmas spirit.  And some travel to see family in Antigo and the Milwaukee area.

We are thankful for our health.  And we are thankful for our families.  Our staff is also a great crew that makes our load easier to carry.  We are especially thankful for customers that help us build our dream in the north woods.  Mostly, we are thankful for a forgiving God, that offers us the gift of eternal happiness.

The best of the Holiday season to you and yours.

Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls

Forest Lake Country Store
6256 County Road B     Land O’ Lakes WI 54540     715 547 8222

Store Hours:
Friday and Saturday 8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM – 2 PM
Closed on Tuesdays
We will be closed Sunday November 4th.  This is Olivia’s confirmation, held in Rhinelander.   Our winter closure starts November 26th.  We will re-open on December 21st!

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